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    2012r2 DC into an existing 2008r2 forest

    Our domain is 2008r2, I'm contemplating introducing a 2012r2 DC into the forest and retiring an old 2008r2 DC, this will be done with a VM. Has anyone done this, any tips, tricks or caveats I should be aware of before I start ?

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    With 2012 R2 it will do a domain and forest prep itself. Once the server is prepped you can get cracking promoting it.

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    Just done this yesterday, introduced a 2012R2 DC into my existing 2008R2 Domain. Have now retired one of the existing 2008R2 DC's after moving the roles over. All seems well so far.

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    Introduced a win2k12 R12 DC to a wi 2k3 domain for the first time last week and it went just great - can't believe how easy it was. New (VM) server has had all fsmo roles moved to it. I intend to wipe and re-install the old DC - probably with win 2k8 so I have some redundancy / backup.

    I followed a few guides from a Microsoft bod in Canada I think it was. Very straight forward.

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    Thanks all,
    So I guess its a case of just adding the role and following the wizards

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    Yep - I just followed this as a hand holding exercise, but really went through very quickly.

    Introducing the first Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller (Part 1 of 2) - Ask Premier Field Engineering (PFE) Platforms - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

    More happy that the old 2008 DC demoted itself with no dramas.

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    I'll have to remember the odd bits like google sync and stuff too

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